Meet the 2019-20 Instructors:
Ruthie Ammons homeschooled for 21 years and graduated her last daughter in May 2017. She taught in Texas public schools several years before her children were born. In the last 10 years, she has taught in homeschool co-ops and classes and is now in her second year at CPC. She is married to Bruce, has 3 daughters and 2 adorable grandchildren. Her family is active at Sugar Creek Baptist Church.
Jean Choleva has many years of experience teaching a variety of music classes, and has been with CPC since 2012. She has also worked with the Preschool and Children’s Choirs at Second Baptist Church and teaches music classes at Gymboree Play & Music. Currently, she teaches private piano lessons in Houston. She is also on the Preschool Department staff at her church, were she has worked since 2004. She is married to Jeff, has 4 children & 6 grandchildren. She is a member of Second Baptist Church.
Cheryl Hochstettler is a home school mother of 18 years. She has 5 children and is currently teaching 2 at home. From Kindergarten through high school, Cheryl has taught her own and other children at all ages. Mrs. Hochstettler has been involved in other home school co-ops over the years and always enjoys teaching. History is her favorite subject, and she has taught US History, World History, and Geography at various home school co-ops.
Susan Jaroszewski has been with CPC since 2006, and is a homeschool mom. Her degree is from the Art Institute of Houston, earning a BBA with a minor in Studio Arts from University of Houston. She has been painting for over 20 years and has a passion for teaching the students what she has learned throughout the years. Some of her favorite art works are by Mary Cassatt, Monet, and Cezanne. She enjoys using photographs of her children and her dog as subjects in her drawings and paintings. Her family holds their church membership at Christ United Methodist church, and she relishes teaching Sunday school to middle school students.
Paul Jozwiak is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Education and an M.Ed in Education—Curriculum and Instruction. He was thrilled to join CPC in 2014, as he has taught 28+ years in public schools, 3 years at Living Water Christian School, and 6+ yrs at Logos Preparatory Academy, where he taught life science, earth science, biology, IPC, and marine science. Additionally, he worked with Science Olympiad, going to national competition for 5 years. Not only did he teach sciences, he also enjoyed coaching girls basketball and track. His passion is teaching, and the best part is seeing a student realize the vastness of God’s creation and how He has placed everything in perfect order.
Sheila Kleinhenz has been a homeschooling mother for more than 17 years. She has six children; two are homeschool high school graduates attending universities, and four are still at home. Before staying home with her children, she worked as an office manager for several small businesses. Sheila has been involved teaching at several co-ops, ministering to children and youth in various capacities within her church for over 30 years, as well as serving as President of Gulf Coast Home School Scholars for over four years. She also founded, organized, and maintained GCCHS Student Council as a parent sponsor for another four years. Sheila received THSC’s honorable Leader of the Year award in 2012. Since then, she has served as a volunteer for THSC in various capacities for six years. Sheila has served as co-director at CPC for the past three years. She has enjoyed teaching and working with students in the Leadership Development class since 2016, and has a passion to see young men and women trained as servant leaders for the next generation.
Brenda Lau has a BA in Psychology and a BA in Spanish from The University of Texas at Austin. She has been teaching Spanish to home schooled students for 9 years as well as tutoring high school students. She is a native Spanish speaker and is always excited to have the opportunity to teach Spanish and share the Latin culture with others. Mrs. Lau has also been an active volunteer at her children’s schools for the past 17 years. She has been president of the PTA at the middle school and has chaired fundraisers as well as large events such has Career Day. Presently, she chairs Fort Bend ISD Shared Dreams (which assists Fort Bend ISD students in need) at her children’s high school. She has done this for the past 7 years. Mrs. Lau is very thrilled to be part of the CPC team.
Mileah Lorenz is a homeschool graduate and has been involved in theatre since 2008. She has performed in more than 20 productions with 3 different theaters and has been a part of the CPC Drama Class since it began in 2011 and, for the past two years, has acted as the Assistant Director. Having experienced the class from both a student and teacher position, Mileah has a good understanding of how to motivate and communicate with both students and parents in accomplishing their goals in a theatre class. Her aim is to create an environment where students are comfortable and can develop skill in performing and speaking in front of an audience.
Dee Pendergast has her B.S. in Political Science from Texas A&M University and her A.A.S. in Legal Assisting from Tidewater Community College in Virginia. In 2003, Dee started homeschooling her oldest in preschool. She has been homeschooling her four children ever since. Her two oldest are in college while her two youngest are in high school. Prior to joining CPC in 2011, she taught in co-op settings for 7 years and private Writing and Geography homeschool classes for 5 years. She attends Second Baptist Church and is very active in the AWANA program and Children Ministry. She has been married to Ross for 25 years.
Sue Stanley earned her B.S. degree in Mathematics from the University of Southern Mississippi and home schooled for 15 years. She was thrilled to join Christian Perspective Classes upon inception. ”I really enjoy working with my dear students. It is so rewarding to reveal the wonders of math and to see their faces light up when understanding dawns.”
Ingrid Stassi graduated from Morehead State University in Kentucky with a B.A. in English and a minor in Technical Writing. Ingrid worked as a Technical Writer/Documentation Specialist for various corporations in the Houston area as an independent contractor, specializing in print manuals, instructional design, indexes, and online help systems. Ingrid has been involved in the homeschool community for 13 years and enjoys interacting with students and sharing her passion for literature and writing. Ingrid joined CPC in 2016 to teach middle school and high school language arts, literature, and writing classes.
Andrea Sylve has taught in both public and private schools and was delighted to join CPC in 2014. She has a Master’s Degree in Education and is passionate about teaching the fun of science through hands-on experiments and activities. God reveals so much of Himself through the field of science. As we study His creation, we can deepen our understanding of our Creator. Mrs. Sylve is an active member of Grace Community Bible Church in Richmond and the mother of two homeschooled children.
Ruthie Taft graduated from Texas A&M University with a BA in Mathematics with a Secondary Teaching Certification in Math. She taught 8th grade Pre-Algebra in the Klein school district in Spring, Texas for 5 years. In October 2006, she became a stay at home mom when her first child was born. She now has four kiddos, and is in her 8th year of homeschooling. She is very thankful to the Lord for the opportunity to stay at home and teach her children. She loves Math and from an early age has always wanted to be a teacher. She has been with CPC since 2014. She also enjoys sharing the role of co-director of CPC with Sheila Kleinhenz and Dee Pendergast.
Heather Villareal is excited to join CPC as a teacher this year for the first time. Heather earned her BA in Counseling Ministries from East Texas Baptist University in 1997. She has teaching experience in the public school system, private school system, and as a homeschool mom for the past 16+ years. Heather has a college junior, as well as two still at home, a high school senior and a 7th grader. Teaching children is a passion of Heather’s, and she looks forward to using that passion to help educate the students whose families choose CPC as part of their homeschool path.
Deborah Whaley is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Biomedical Science and a Secondary Science Composite Teaching Certification. She taught 13 years in public schools and has 4 years of experience with CPC. She shares a fascination of God’s creation with other science “geeks” and loves how God reveals Himself in all that He has made. One of her great joys is making what seems to be an intimidating subject, like Physics, become understandable and applicable. She has 4 children and has homeschooled for over 12 years.
Christopher White is excited to be teaching guitar with CPC! He started playing music right before he turned 15, and from that day on, he has picked up his guitar every single day since. Our Lord God has placed a deep love for music and the guitar in his heart. Each day he tries to honor Him by growing in the knowledge and the practice of his musical gift. He has taken private lessons from several different instructors as well as being enrolled at Houston Community College Fine Arts program. He has played with groups and different acts as well as having performed original music of different kinds in and around the Houston area, and still does today. He made the decision to start teaching music as part of his career about a year ago. Before that time he worked in several unrelated fields, none of which seemed to be God’s fit for his life at this time. Currently, in addition to teaching for CPC, he is teaching at the Guitar Center in Stafford and has several at home private lesson students. Another reason he is excited to teach for CPC is the fact that he was home schooled from 2nd grade through high school and is forever grateful to his parents for dedicating their time and energy to providing the best education possible to him and his siblings. Now that he is in a position to help the families that have decided to take on the monumental task of educating their children, he is thrilled to use all the strength given to him by his Lord to do the best possible job. In doing so, he hopes to not only honor God but also honor the job his parents did in homeschooling him.
Kathy Zimmerman (B.A. English) has 25 years homeschooling experience and fourteen years experience teaching many homeschool classes including Worldviews, English, Writing, Speech, and History, privately, at ARC, SCHOLA, CPC, and Logos. She is married to Jim, has 5 children and a beautiful granddaughter, and attends Sugar Creek Baptist Church.